Here's your lineup of talented and award-winning local social influencers on 101.3 Real Country.
Steve Kraus is a Missouri native, born and raised in St. Louis and a proud alum of Missouri State. He got bit by the radio bug at a very young age, as it was ALWAYS on at his home growing up - whether it was news/talk or music - it seemed mysterious and exciting to Steve. In his senior year of high school, he made the decision to pursue radio as a career.
He loves the fact that every day is different - a blank slate on which to decide how to interact with listeners, helping them feel good about their day. Steve takes his responsibility seriously...but himself not so much. After more than 28 years in radio, Steve enjoys how radio keeps him on his toes and says he can't imagine doing anything else. And he does it very well! In 2020, Steve was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
When he's not behind the microphone, Steve and his wife enjoy traveling around the United States. As history buffs, they agree that recent trips to Boston and Washington DC have been favorites - although he says that security didn't find his movie quotes from "National Treasure" very funny. Steve has been collecting baseball cards for the last 40 years and is a gamer, though not for tournament play.
Chris Kennedy was born and raised in Moline, Illinois, a small town located on the Mississippi River. His career in radio began in an unexpected way, while he was working at a video rental store in the 80s. During this time, a local disc jockey recognized Chris's potential and encouraged him to pursue a career in radio. He listened and while in college for broadcasting, Chris got a part-time job working overnight at the very radio station he had listened to as a kid while getting ready for school! Nearly four decades later, he still works in radio doing his ultimate dream job, albeit with better hours.
For Chris, radio is not just a profession, it's a platform to give back and make a positive impact on the lives of those around him. Chris has organized numerous radiothons, participated in marathons to fund childhood cancer research, and even completed a 465-mile run, helping raise over $1 million.
Personally, Chris has 3 adult children. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his "Mighty Chihuahua.” He and his girlfriend Nikki enjoy exploring the food scene in Springfield, having discovered some amazing restaurants that the area has to offer. Though Chris is most comfortable behind a microphone, you'll often find him with a camera capturing the beauty around him.